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GST will ‘make food cheaper’, but drinks firms brace for price rises

Most food items will be cheaper with the introduction of GST on July 1, according to Harsimrat Kaur Badal, though drinks manufacturers are looking at increases of up to 10%...

Breaking into the milk market: India’s top dairy alternatives

Vegetarian-friendly plant-based milk alternatives are poised to put pressure on traditional dairy in heavily vegetarian India.

‘Informed’ Chinese millennials shun Asian fruit in their juices

Only a quarter of Chinese millennials say they prefer fruit juice made with fruit grown in Asia, compared to 60% who favour American fruit, according to a survey commissioned by...

Sales of sugar-containing sports drinks facing a ban in some of Australia's leisure centres

Stopping sales of 'unhealthy soft drinks' in Australian sports centres leads to increases in purchases of healthier beverages and the same level of total dollar transactions, claims new research, with...

Food flops in Sweden's Museum of Failure: When NPD goes seriously wrong

From Colgate's lasagne to Heinz's purple and green ketchup, Sweden's Museum of Failure opens next month with several food and drink products on display. We ask the exhibition curator and...

Effective digital marketing for beer brands: 5 top tips

Digital marketing brings myriad opportunities for brands to reach a wide audience: but communications need to be carefully tailored if they are to be effective. 

Nestea scales up new brand identity with ‘less is more’ campaign

Nestea unveiled its new packaging and reformulated lines of RTD tea to US consumers earlier this year and has now launched its “Less is More” campaign.

Fall of soft drinks give rise to energy and sports drinks, says Packaged Facts

Sports and energy drink sales hit $25bn in 2016, according to the latest research by market data firm Packaged Facts. The firm forecasts that the category “will remain among the...

Pro Mach acquires P.E. Labellers with plans to open more facilities

Pro Mach has acquired P.E. Labellers, which manufacturers self-adhesive, hot melt, cold glue, roll-fed, and sleeve labeling technologies.

Interpack 2017

Multivac signs MoU with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant

Multivac has completed a strategic alliance (Memorandum of Understanding) with Meyn Food Processing Technology and Cabinplant to sell joint processing, filling, weighing and packaging technology.

Coors Light beer cans ‘come to life’ when exposed to sunlight

Coors Light has launched six limited edition beer cans with sun activated ink technology in Canada.

AquaBall distribution gains fuel True Drinks Q1 growth

True Drinks, maker of children’s sugar-free flavored water brand AquaBall, has posted first quarter revenue of $1.5m and a gross revenue forecast of $10m for 2017, driven by recent expanded...

Euromonitor: Global alcoholic drinks market sees slight lift but remains in negative territory

The global alcoholic drinks market was in negative growth territory for the second year in a row registering a 0.2% in volume terms led by a slowdown of the North...

Alfa Laval to open R&D testing facility

Alfa Laval is transforming its existing site in Søborg, Denmark, to a Food & Water competence center, and has decided to consolidate its manufacturing to fewer sites in Europe.

Role Tea secures Whole Foods listing with eye on nationwide expansion

Role Tea, a turmeric-based RTD iced tea, has launched in select Whole Foods locations in the mid-Atlantic US and aims to double and possibly triple its Whole Foods retail footprint...

Miraka expands with Malaysia deal

Miraka, New Zealand’s first Maori-owned milk company, has signed an MOU with Malaysian company Storiiu, a food distribution business, to supply their flagship consumer food, Whai Ora. 

Nestlé inaugurates Nescafé and Maggi factory in Dubai

Nestlé Middle East has inaugurated its Al-Maha factory in Dubai South; its 18th factory in the region. 

Challenging the definition of beer? The growth of NABLAB

The non-alcoholic beer and low-alcohol beer sector (NABLAB) is growing against a background of stagnant beer volumes. Can innovation in this sector disrupt the entire beer industry and challenge the...

Yakult adjusts ten-year plan

In 2011, Yakult Honsha Co., Ltd. formulated a long-term business management vision “Yakult Vision 2020,” which it split into three phases. The company has just released its Phase III Plan...

Anheuser-Busch: $2bn investment in American brewing

Anheuser-Busch has announced a major capital expenditure program in the US, saying it is one of the largest in the country’s brewing history. 

VITAFOODS 2017

“Frutarom in a cup”: Firm showcases functional drink solutions as acquisition integration begins

Frutarom launched a range of functional beverages at Vitafoods in Geneva last week, as it looks to integrate newly acquired businesses into its product portfolio.

PepsiCo pledges less sugar, sodium in global product portfolio by 2025

Through a collaboration with non-profit Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA), PepsiCo has unveiled plans to “transform its product portfolio and offer healthier options” by 2025.

LaCroix fills missing distribution gap with Hudson News Distributors

Independent sparkling water brand LaCroix has teamed up with Hudson News Distributors’ direct store delivery footprint which covers 2,400 independent stores in the Northeast portion of the US.

Spent coffee grounds: Unlocking a greener biofuel potential

Researchers say the high calorific value of spent coffee grounds could be exploited with a more efficient technique to produce a commercially competitive, greener biofuel.

Crown opens greenfield plant in New York

Crown has opened a greenfield plant in New York claiming demand for specialty can sizes is flourishing in the US as brand owners seek to refresh their packaging mix.

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